MADRID, June 20 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Spain has enrolled more than 22,000 Ukrainian minors who arrived after the Russian invasion last February, and the Ministry of Education expects 10,000 new Ukrainian children to enroll in school in September.
This was announced by the Secretary of State for Education, José Manuel Bar Cendón, during a meeting with journalists this Monday at the ministry.
Coming from a theater of war, these Ukrainian students arrive with great emotional impact, which is why the foreign minister has stressed the importance of “friendly voices” for their integration.
Since last March, Ukrainian children have been coming to Spain and since then the Ministry of Education has been trying to accommodate and protect them as the war continues uncertainly.
Given this uncertainty of the conflict, the ministry does not know if many Ukrainian families will return to their country or stay in Spain, so it is possible that a school will take place in September that has not taken place so far.
With this in mind, the Secretary of State for Education expects that almost all school applications from Ukrainian children will be received after the deadline, and is therefore planning throughout the summer.
More specifically, he stressed that there will be a need to provide teachers and where there are more students, groups will need to be split. The ministry will carry out an activity “in close proximity” with the autonomous communities to integrate Ukrainian children into the education system and will follow the evolution of the situation day by day.
Finally, the Foreign Minister stated that there will be a financial response from the Ministry of Education to support the schooling of Ukrainian children, although he does not have detailed figures.